Motivated by colour and abstract ways of depicting a sense of space and atmosphere, I spent much time in my garden during lockdown and the resulting prints and paintings are a direct response to the plants and flowers that gave me so much peace and joy during difficult times. The balance of shapes and colours is important to me, and I have drawn inspiration from artists like Bonnard and Monet whose visual language of mark-making and brushstrokes cleverly replicates nature and the essence of a place. I paint on wooden panels which are layered with gesso. The paintings are slowly worked with layer upon layer of colour in the same way that the monotypes are built up with patches of coloured ink. I allow paint to run and accidental elements like crumpled fabric or a wiggling line of thread within a print to introduce a more fluid and expressive approach. I graduated from Art College in 1988 and have been producing paintings from that time. I am also an Art teacher.